As I Was Leaving Church

IMG_0950Last night was a church service I always look forward to as it is an hour of music and prayer. Our pastor reminded us to be present in the moment and not be distracted.

During the service, I was thinking about last week and feeling anxious about next week.

As I was leaving church, God whispered. I returned to my seat as I am learning not to ignore God’s gentle whisper. I approached Pastor Dale to ask if he would pray for me and with me.

In those moments, I was present with God. I am working on turning such moments in to minutes.

Today I find comfort in this prayer:

Let nothing worry you; nothing dismay you; everything passes; God does not change. If you have patience, you can do anything. Those who have God want for nothing; God alone is enough.”

– St. Teresa of Avila

People Greeting

IMG_0152Every morning  at 7:30, she cheerfully greets people as they approach the elevator in the lobby. Some reply with a half-awake hello while some ignore her completely. She helps me remember the importance of being nice to one another.

Years ago, when I visited my church for the first time, I walked out with the intention of not coming back. Then, I met Andy. Andy said hello to me and really seemed sincere about getting to know me. Were it not for his “I hope to see you here next week” I would likely belong to a different church today.

There are days when I am a people grumper rather than a people greeter. I remind myself of the song we used to sing at camp: they will know we are Christians by our love.

And perhaps, how we say hello.

The word of God does not belong to him who hears or speaks it, but to him who puts it into practice.”

– St Giles of Assisi

 

Christmas In July

IMG_1016“I’m not ready!”

While wishing people Merry Christmas yesterday (at a Christmas in July art/craft show), the overwhelming response was the same.

I shared a space with my friend and awesome author, Kat: http://www.katheckenbach.com

We enjoyed meeting new people and talking with them about our books and art. Even with Christmas music playing, it seemed like the mention of Christmas was stressful.

I fully understand the stress of the retail season. Yesterday was a wonderful reminder about the importance of our perspective. I’m ready for Christmas.

Merry Christmas!

Being Nice

IMG_1651I noticed a bumper sticker recently with a very simple message: Just Be Nice.

This week, my goal is to be more patient and polite.

You can win more converts with a spoonful of honey than with a barrelful of vinegar.”

– St. Francis de Sales

The Note

IMG_2099This post is inspired by a news report which showed kids at summer camp being required to write a hand-written note to their parents. As you can imagine, the parents were thrilled!

Electronic communication seems to have taken the place of a personalized, mailed message. This week, I am going to mail a photo card from my summer series to let people know I am thinking of them.

Time to begin writing!

Over The Hill

DSCF3247One of my favorite road signs: Hill Obstructs View.

I’m not sure if we really need that sign, and yet it provides a good reminder. On my walk of faith, there have been hills and mountains. At times, when facing a hill, I have stopped. Due to my anxiety, I allowed the hill to become more difficult than it really was.

God wants us to have faith and discernment when facing a challenge. A hill is simply a hill.

Because you have so little faith, I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, “Move from here to there” and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

– Matthew 17: 20